We dedicated four lessons during March and April, in which we discussed some basics connected to – Economy, especially for kids.
In the first lesson, we talked about GOODS and SERVICES. The PYP classes defined what goods and services were. Then they needed to recognize different pictures and describe them. The MYP students needed to find the definition, and then in groups, decide what kind of company they would establish and what it would sell. Then they presented their company to others.
During the second lesson, we talked about NEEDS and WANTS. After clarifying, what are wants? Students had to decide what their families need and what they want. Then they explained this to others. The MYP students created a poster to define their ‘needs and wants’ in connection to the real world.
The third lesson was about PRODUCTION and CONSUMPTION. We watched a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAbBd0UjPzE and then discussed who were producers and consumers. Students from grades 4 and 5 created an imaginary city where they were required to develop a list of consumers and producers. After they discussed – how parents provide services around the house without being paid, such as cooking and cleaning and posing such questions: What services do your parents perform to help you out? Do they cook for you? Do they clean? The MYP students created posters in groups about their recovery plan, which would reverse current trends and change our consumption and production patterns towards a more sustainable future.
Lesson four was about reviewing everything that we have learned in the previous lessons. For the PYP reflection, the students needed to write down 5 words that he/she heard from in other groups and are essential for the World Economy. The MYP task was a little different. They were split into four groups/per grade. Their tasks were as follows:
1st group: BIRTHDAY PARTY
They were required to organize a Birthday party for their friend. They had 200 EUR to spend, and they needed to find a place to have the party, buy some food and drink, presents, etc.
2nd group: FIELD TRIP
They had to organize a Field trip for their class. They had 400 EUR to spend, and they needed to think about: where, when, what, tickets, food, etc.
3rd group: HAVING A PET
They were required to think about getting a pet from a shelter. They had 300 EUR to spend, and they had to take into considerations – medicines for the pet, food, services, etc.
4th group: EQUIPPING YOUR ROOM
They needed to equip a room, and they had 700 EUR to spend. They were required to think about: furniture, a computer, painting, etc.
5m students had a cultural day, on Friday, May 7. They had a visit from a professional animator, Andraž Kržič. He introduced the students to the world of animation and his work. Later, students were given the task to create their own characters based on their Unit of Inquiry – My weaknesses become my strengths. With that in mind, students created one positive character and one negative one, which told a story about their unique solutions and how our strengths can help us minimise our weaknesses. Students learned how to create a character through drawing and sculpturing and how to animate a character through stop motion animation.
On Tuesday, May 4, the students encountered puppets in the making. A fantastic experience was talking to a professional puppeteer via ZOOM, and a great shadow play performance from Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana made the Drama collapsed day special. We had a day full of creativity, inspiration, and learning. It was a success, and we cannot wait to use all the products and skills gained in our final puppetry performances in June.
MYP 3 students created unique sculptures from empty packaging and wire to raise awareness about recycling on Thursday, April 22, when we celebrated international Earth Day. We discussed the importance of environmental art and what privilege (maybe duty) artists have to speak out with important environmental messages for a platform that can reach as many people as possible. Students worked collaboratively and developed skills of communication and teamwork. The artworks are exhibited in the hallway connecting our school buildings 1 and 2.
We are very satisfied with the cooperation and the results of a fruitful collapsed day.
Ms Anja Podreka and Ms Mateja Kores
On Thursday, April 22, we celebrated Earth Day. Our PYP and MYP students participated in some activities connected to it and, in turn, contributed something to our planet.
K1 and K2 students already started weeding and digging, planting seeds and plants in their gardens on Tuesday and continued throughout the week. They also listened to stories about how to be caring toward our planet and also gave some suggestions.
As the whole world celebrated Earth Day, 1m students dedicated some time to our planet, too. We planted our herbs from our indoor garden corner outside, we spend some time under the treetops reading a book connected to the environment, and even a bird came and listened with us. We discussed recycling, took care of our classroom and tidied it during the afternoon programme.
PYP students were running during PE (Environmental Solidarity Run) and donated their kilometres to a good source – to people who have suffered due to the consequences of environmental changes. We pointed out the importance of Earth Day during Slovenian lessons, read a text in Slovenian, and became familiar with a Slovenian ecological poem. Some of the Homeroom lessons this week were connected with cleaning our environment (classrooms, lockers, drawers) and conversations about how small actions can make a difference to our planet.
6m and 7m students took action and went outside with the purpose to clean the school’s surrounding (the area from Bratovševa ploščad to the home for the elderly). 8i and 8m students had a cultural day, and they celebrated Earth Day by focusing on environmental art, recycling, and upcycling.
Thank you all for contributing your good deeds to our unique planet.
Earth Day Every day.
Don’t throw your future away.
On Friday, April 16, grade 1 hosted a guest. We invited Mrs Tina Starec Klobasa, a teacher from the Slovenian department. She brought her kamishibai and told us a story about a bear who lost his hat. It was almost like being in a theatre. Thank you Mrs Tina for being a part of our current unit about words, stories and communication.
MYP students enjoyed a diverse and active language-based cultural day on Tuesday, April 13. They had workshops that catered to every learning style. From tickling their imagination and visual learning, they were engaged in a stop-motion animation workshop with alternative story endings. You can view their animations here. To satisfy the performers in them, they were able to enjoy a dramatisation of a well known Slovenian folk tale Martin Krpan. Last but not least, we could not let all the hard work go unrewarded, so students prepared some sweet snacks in the cooking workshop, which were inspired by Hensel and Gretel as well as The Three Little Pigs. The language acquisition team is very proud of the students’ products, and we are already looking forward to next year’s topic!
On Wednesday, April 14, 5M students had a collapsed day in school. Their work focused on analysing how MYP students deal with stress, their stressors, their consequences, and what kind of actions they take to fight against it. Even though students were working hard, they enjoyed, had fun and learnt a lot.
Students of 6M have been reading Roald Dahl’s autobiography – Boy. They were learning about his interesting childhood and shocked by how many times the headmaster beat him with a cane. They wrote a letter in Dahl’s mother’s name complaining to the headmaster about this harsh punishment. Here are some of their letters.
Ms Tina Frelih
Last week, our PYP and MYP students completed another Plenary topic – International mindedness.
1M students were getting to know world flags and shared their knowledge about these countries.
2M and 3M students compared themselves to their classmates – their native countries’ traditions and culture.
4M and 5M were researching cultural, historical and natural sights in their countries and location. They created and filled in their countries’ outlines.
MYP students were researching different countries around the world. Their task was to create a tourist guide, brochure or an infographic with details and information about a chosen country.
All the students learned something new and enjoyed the lessons very much!
Mr Simon Zoretič Gajser & Ms Tina Frelih
On Wednesday morning, March 31, our kindergarten children enjoyed searching for a surprise from the Easter Bunny in our playground. Well, the Easter Bunny was a little bit naughty because he hid the treats very well. In the end, the children found them and carried them happily home in their lovely baskets, which they made by themselves.
Dear DKIS community,
It is with deep regret that we inform you of some unfortunate news. One of our student’s passed away this week. As a result, we will adapt the lessons in the following days because of this tragic loss.
Though our words can do little, we hope our thoughts and prayers will support all of us during this difficult time.
Our deepest condolences.
Teachers and students.